By: Tanisha Hopson
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. ~ Ephesians 5: 8 – 13
From time to time, I believe we have all been guilty of wanting what we want, when we want it. However, I have found that there are things going on behind the scenes in situations that we are completely unaware of; but God knows. God knows best and He knows exactly how to get you where He wants you, in His perfect will and timing.
Divine purpose is produced through consistently staying in God’s will through surrendering your will, in exchange for His will for your life. This act builds character, cultivates endurance, and increases your confidence in being led by God.
You might not be able see it now, but God’s perfect will is way better than what you can imagine for yourself.
In my lifetime, there have been numerous occasions when I thanked God that I didn’t make a move out of season, as a result of listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading to either slow down or stop. However, on the contrary, I have also made some choices that ended up causing me to wait longer for my blessing because of my own disobedience.
1 Samuel 15: 22 says,
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Likewise, Psalm 14:12 says,
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
The other side of obedience is filled with abundant life, joy, peace of mind, provision, and protection from the wiles of the enemy. Today, I want to strongly encourage you to obey God and start surrendering your whole life to Christ.
Choose today who you will serve…
Heavenly Father, I thank you for one more day. Father God, today I surrender my whole life to you. I choose to serve you this day. I renounce the sin and wrong thinking of my past and I welcome you into my heart, my habits, and my way of thinking. I give you full permission to guide, lead, and shape my life into the original masterpiece that you have especially purposed for me. I promise to study your Word daily and to be led by the Holy Spirit. Today, I exchange my will for your will and promise to obey your Word and to walk in your ways. Thank you Lord, for another chance to get it right today. I love You and adore You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.